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NEC's latest PCs go quietly in Japan

NEC has released an all-in-one desktop PC that runs quietly without fans and features low power consumption. The company also unveiled a new line-up of notebook PCs, including a model that offers twice the battery life of previous models.

NEC's MA90W/F Mate desktop PC is an all-in-one desktop PC that includes a 15-inch TFT (thin film transistor) colour LCD panel.

The MA90W/F carries either a 900MHz or 800MHz Crusoe TM5800 processor, which allows for low power consumption and generates less heat. As the PC's power-source units are placed inside the AC adaptor, a processor fan and a power-source fan are not needed, meaning the PC is exceptionally quiet, an NEC statement claimed.

The company claimed that compared with previous models of the Mate series, it has reduced the latest models' power consumption by 16%.

The basic Mate desktop model is equipped with either the Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional operating system, 128Mbytes of SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 20Gbyte hard disk drive and an Ethernet interface for ¥246,000 (£1,314).

Among the new models of NEC's VersaPro notebook PC series, the VA10J/VH features a 3.3-hour battery life, which is twice as long as the company's previous notebook models.

In addition to an internal modem and an Ethernet interface, the product can be equipped with an IEEE 802.11b interface for wireless LAN access and Bluetooth as options.

The VA10J/VH VersaPro carries a 1GHz mobile Pentium III processor, 128Mbytes of SDRAM, a 20G-byte hard disk drive and a 12.1-inch TFT color LCD panel for ¥232,000 (£1,239).

The Mate and VersaPro series target only the Japanese corporate market and NEC will start shipping them or corporate use from 15 May.

NEC has no shipment plans for overseas markets.
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